Friday, October 14, 2011

ABC Picks-Up Full Seasons of Suburgatory & Revenge; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of October 17, 2011)

As we predicted they would after Wednesday's airings, ABC has picked-up freshman comedy Suburgatory (Wednesdays at 8:30pm) and new primetime soap Revenge (Wednesdays at 10pm) to full seasons! As of now, ABC has ordered the "back nine," which means both series will have at least 22 episodes this season instead of the original order of 13. Suburgatory has aired three times thus far and has remained steady and a big improvement for ABC over last season's Better with You. The series has averaged a very solid 3.2 18-49 rating. The same goes true for new drama Revenge, which has been a big improvement for ABC in this timeslot and has had the best ratings since 2007 (Dirty Sexy Money). The series won its timeslot last night in 18-49 and saw a 17% increase over the previous week and has averaged a solid 2.8 18-49 rating in the tough 10pm hour. Both series have plenty of buzz and support, so these could be around well past this season.
ABC is likely going to pick-up the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing for a full season once they see the ratings for week two. The series delivered a 3.6 (3.5 in the first airing and a 3.7 in the second) in 18-49 for its two-episode premiere on Tuesday night, the best premiere for an 8pm comedy in 18-49 since 2006 (CBS' The Class) and total viewers since 2004 (NBC's Joey)! ABC will also take a look at Pan Am on Sunday, as that has a chance of a pick-up but it isn't a lock since ratings haven't been stable yet. The ratings for Charlie's Angels from last night, which was a remake of the classic episode from the original series "Angels in Chains," could make (meaning buying it another week) or break (meaning pulling it effective next week) the series (at the time of this writing, ratings are not known). ABC still has two new series premiering this fall: new comedy Man Up! next Tuesday after Last Man Standing and new drama from the writer of Lost, titled Once Upon a Time, which could be a sleeper hit.
One final note, we end this story on a happy note, ABC has ordered six additional scripts for second season comedy Happy Endings! As Penny would say, "ah-mazzing!" The series aired 13 episodes last spring and buzz began and has continued this fall with a bigger platform, airing after the megahit Modern Family. For the second time in three weeks, the series hit a series high this past Wednesday night. Hopefully the additional scripts turns into episodes and then eventually a full season (as of now the series has an order of 13 episodes). "Yeah buoy!" Stay with us for further updates!


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of October 17-21, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, October 17, 2011
  • Michael J. Fox (Family Ties/Spin City) - Watch Michael on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones - The cast of Two and a Half Men present a Top Ten List on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) - Ellen visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun) - Joseph is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - The adorkable Zooey appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Tune in to see Billy on The Gayle King Show at 10am ET on OWN and on The Joy Behar Show at 10pm ET on HLN.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  • Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men/Spin City) - Catch Charlie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Rayond) - Patricia stops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and later chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny) - Fran is a guest on The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl visits The Rosie Show on OWN at 7pm ET.
  • Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Caroline appears on The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Aubrey on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - The lovely Ms. Bowen is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings) - Tune in to see Elisha on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - The young and talented Sarah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia visits The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Catch Maya on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings and later he will be on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey drops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am ET and then visits LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah continues to make the rounds on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am ET.
Friday, October 21, 2011
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show/The Ropers) - Watch Jeffrey on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC
  • Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly) - Billy is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, but check listings for time.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve stops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 4

The Simpsons - "The Last Traction Hero" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace.

Son of Zorn - "Return of the Drinking Buddy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Zorn’s old friend Headbutt Man (guest voice Rob Riggle) is coming to town. Unfortunately for Zorn, Headbutt Man is now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party where his crush, Nancy (guest star Emily Wong), will be. Unfortunately, he has to take Headbutt man’s daughter with him.

Family Guy - "Carter and Tricia" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Carter buys the Pawtucket Patriot brewery and decides to cut some corners to save a few bucks. Peter overhears the plan and runs and tells investigative journalist Tricia Takanawa about Carter’s plan to use toxic chemicals in the beer cans. Meanwhile, Brian’s drivers’ license has expired and he enlists Stewie as an instructor.

The Last Man on Earth - "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After finding a mysterious note left by Melissa that says “Goodbye,” the gang sets off to go look for her. Meanwhile, Gail gets stuck on a solo adventure of her own.

K.C. Undercover - "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Christmas time arrives and K.C. tells everyone she has to go pick up a last-minute gift, but instead goes to The Organization's therapist, Dr. Levinstein.

Mech X-4 - "Let's Survive in the Woods!" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Principal Grey sets a trap for Ryan, Harris and Spyder while they're on a camping trip, which leaves MECH-X4 and Mark in danger.

Best Friends Whenever - "The Christmas Curse" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Shelby and Cyd encourage a homesick Daisy to incorporate a festive 16th-century tradition into their annual Christmas party.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Monday, December 5

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Fuller House - The cast of Fuller House are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - Miss Piggy and Harry perform Deck the Halls on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Lauren Graham (The Odd Couple/Conrad Bloom/Townies) - Lauren appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. talks about Office Christmas Party on the AOL Build Show at 3pm. He will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:50am.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) - Josh can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:45am.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn talks about Kevin Can Wait on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.